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that and more at 6:00. >> see you at 6:00. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. >> caption colorado, llc ley: tonight, one of the women accusing herman cain of sexual harassment says it happened more than once. >> she made a complaint in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the c.e.o. >> pelley: jan crawford has the breaking news. congresswoman gabrielle giffords reveals what she remembers of the shooting and her reaction to learning that others had died. lee cowan has her story. new unemployment numbers are out today. anthony mason tells us what they say about where the economy is headed now. and "on the road" with steve hartman. tonight, proof that an elephant never forgets. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening. with herman cain essentially tied for the lead in the republican presidential contest, we've been following late- breaking developments on those accusations of sexual harassment. today one of the women who accused him said through her attorney that there were several incidents in 1999. that's when cain was head of the national restaurant association. for his part, cain has said repeatedly that he has never harassed anyone. the woman who released the statement today remains anonymous. political correspondent jan crawford starts our coverage with the attorney's news conference. jan? >> reporter: well, scott, these allegations have rocked this presidential campaign and all week herman cain has denied any wrongdoing. today that lawyer directly contradicted him, although that woman does remain anonymous. >> she made a complaint in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the c.e.o.
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>> reporter: attorney joel bennett says his client was telling the truth when she accused herman cain of sexual harassment when she worked for him 12 years ago. >> mr. cain knows the specific incidents that were alleged. my client filed a written complaint in 1999 against him specifically and it had very specific incidents in it. and if he chooses to not remember or not acknowledge those, that's his issue. >> reporter: but bennett said the woman, who he said is a government employee married for 26 years, would not reveal details of what happened to protect her privacy. >> we're not going to get more specific about what was physical, what was verbal. it was... it qualified as sexual harassment in our opinion. >> reporter: bennett would not specify how many times the alleged incidents happened, but says they occurred over at least a month's time.
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>> more than one. we're not going to get more specific than that. we resolved the case at an early level. it never got to that point where i could evaluate it as a case for litigation. >> reporter: another woman also has accused cain of harassment when he led the national restaurant association in the 1990s. cain has denied he ever harassed anyone and said the revelations were a calculated smear campaign. cain said he recalled one complaint that led to a separation agreement. >> it was concluded after a thorough investigation that it had no basis. >> reporter: in a statement, the restaurant association said the woman filed the complaint in july, 1999-- a month after cain left the organization. it said cain "disputed the allegations in the complaint" and that it reached "an agreement" with the woman two months later in september without any admission of liability. bennett said he would not discuss details of that agreement or how much money his client got.
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>> this was a settlement of an internal complaint of sexual harassment. it was not a severance agreement. >> reporter: now, cain's advisor said he is done talking about those allegations after answering questions all week. scott, their response today: we look forward to focusing our attention on the real issues impacting this country, like fixing this broken economy. >> pelley: jan, the primaries start in just two months. how is this playing in the early states? >> well, so far, scott, our reporting shows voters are not buying these allegations and they're still backing herman cain. they think the details are sketchy, these women are not named and it's a campaign by the media and the left to bring herman cain down. and today what we saw, still no details, still anonymous, it may not change minds very much at this point. >> pelley: jan, thank you very much. cain remained campaigning today, and this was the reception that he got at a meeting of the conservative americans for prosperity foundation.
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(cheers and applause) cain is running about even with mitt romney for the nomination. cain's staff said today that his campaign has raised $1.6 million in just this last week, which the campaign says is four times more than they normally raise in a month. we have also been following the remarkable recovery of arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords following that assassination attempt in january. tonight, we're learning more about her struggle. the associated press has obtained a book written by her husband, former astronaut mark kelly. it's being published by scribner, which is owned by cbs. lee cowan has a look, both painful and inspiring. >> reporter: it's a small chapter at the end of "gabby: a story of courage and hope." it's just a single page of short sentences where gabrielle giffords makes one defiant promise. "i will get stronger," she writes. "i will return." associated press reporter amanda
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lee myers obtained a copy of the book before its scheduled release. >> it's the first time we're hearing about all the behind- the-scenes struggles. >> reporter: all the book except for that last page was written by giffords' husband, retired astronaut mark kelly, who the a.p. says details an agonizing wait. although giffords was shot in january, he says she couldn't comprehend what happened until march, months later. when he asked her what she remembered, kelly says giffords' reply came in just three words: shot, shocked, scary. but what kelly tried to keep from her that day was just how many people had been hurt. giffords, he writes, knew that he was holding something back and insisted on knowing. when he told her 13 people had been wounded and six people had been killed, he says he held giffords as she sobbed. her former communications director c.j. kara says that delay was excruciating. >> gabby's response was
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essentially the way we responded it was just a little later. >> reporter: there were other emotions giffords had to deal with, too. the first was panic realizing she couldn't speak. kelly also reveals giffords has lost 50% of her vision, part of the reason for those glasses when she surprised everyone at a hearing on a house floor in august. scott, perhaps the most revealing revelation that came out of that book was about the giffords as a family and as a couple. mark kelly says they were undergoing fertility treatments and that giffords had hoped to be pregnant in february of this year. in fact, according to the book, she was scheduled for a doctor's appointment just two days after that shooting. >> pelley: lee, thank you very much. the latest job numbers came out today, and while they're not great, they are at least a little bit better. here they are. the unemployment rate in october was 9.0, a drop of a tenth of a point. but most of that decline is because people out of work just stopped looking.
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the economy had a net gain of 80,000 jobs, but as anthony mason reports, with nearly 14 million people out of work, that is not nearly enough. >> reporter: in gilsum, new hampshire, at the badger company, the balm business is booming. >> business is strangely and actually excellent for us. >> reporter: bill whyte's company makes hand and lip balms and sunscreen sold in 25 countries. with badger sales up 7% this year, whyte is gearing up for the holiday season, but he isn't increasing his holiday hiring. >> we're hiring about the same number of people as we have in the past. >> reporter: whyte needs just six people, but says he gets ten applications a week. jennifer campbell was filling one out. >> i wasn't going to before, but my mom's restaurant just shut down. >> reporter: whyte can hold back on hiring because he's just
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opened a new, more efficient plant. >> we're able to do quite a bit more work in the same space with the same number of people. >> reporter: private businesses like badger added just 104,000 jobs in october while governments cut 24,000, but to get back to prerecession unemployment levels of 6%, the economy would need to add 250,000 jobs a month for more than two years. >> there's no real engine for job growth until demand picks up significantly enough to really get employers to start to add to payrolls. >> reporter: and with growth this slow, economist michael darda says, it won't take much to knock the economy off its feet. so you see a substantial risk of another recession? >> i'd say 50-50 at this point. it's very high. too high. >> reporter: the job situation looks even more dire when you add in those who can only find part-time work and those who've given up looking for a job. the so-called underemployment rate is 16.2%. >> pelley: anthony, thanks. there were some developments
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today in the collapse of that wall street trading firm, m.f. global. the head of that company, jon corzine, a former u.s. senator, former head of goldman sachs, former governor of new jersey, he resigned today. what are the developments there? >> reporter: well, in resigning, scott, he gave up a $12 million severance package and in a statement said he felt great sadness, but he did not apologize for the collapse of the company and investigators are still looking for $600 million in missing customer money. >> pelley: anthony, thanks very much. president obama was at the g-20 summit in france when today's jobless report came out. meeting with reporters, he said that it shows america's economy is growing but, in his words, "we have got more to do." greece's debt dominated the discussions in cannes, especially since george papandreou sent the stock markets into freefall this week when he called for referendum on a bailout deal.
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he has since backed off and tonight he barely survived a confidence vote in parliament. allen pizzey is in athens. >> reporter: papandreou told parliament tonight that the bailout plan was a national priority. but the leader of the opposition said his party could not accept the austerity conditions that come with it which means that the bailout is still very much hanging in the ambulance. earlier tonight, thousands of demonstrators have gathered outside parliament caring less about whether papandreou won or lost than about what comes next. europe's $180 billion bailout plan for greece remains hostage to the wrangling of greek politicians, and no matter who's in charge, the deal must still be passed by the greek parliament. unless the bailout package is put in place, greece could go broke by the end of the year, pulling down faltering european economies including portugal, spain and italy with it. and with 20% of america's exports going to europe, the u.s. is in the firing line, too. tonight's vote is also seen as a
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test on the continuing use of the euro currency in greece. the political uncertainty has given world markets a major case of the jitters. greeks are already suffering from a wave of job cuts and tax hikes imposed by european banks in return for writing off 50% of greek debt. secretary katie konstantinos has a simple solution. you want all those people in parliament to leave? just go away? where should they go? (laughs) >> to hell. (laughs) >> reporter: and that pretty much sums up where many financial analysts fear the world economy may be heading if the debt crisis wracking europe isn't brought under control. scott? >> pelley: allen, thanks very much. the struggle for control of the occupy movement. researchers journey to mars without ever leaving the lab. and take a ride on the love train, when the "cbs evening news" continues. i was taking multivitamin... but my needs changed...
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>> we called the mayor's office the moment we understood what was going on over here. that was an anonymous action. that was nothing to do with occupy oakland. >> our street! >> our street! >> reporter: for many demonstrators, a sinister mask fashioned on guy fawkes, the revolutionary who attempted to blow up the british parliament buildings more than 400 years ago, has become a worldwide symbol of anarchy and revolution. for years, black-clad demonstrators known as the black block have been showing up at marches in europe and the u.s. although often small in numbers, by destroying property and challenging police, they can hijack the message of otherwise peaceful protests. >> i see black block as a tactic, not really as a movement. >> reporter: ryan andreola, an occupy demonstrator, says believes in nonviolence but isn't ready to condemn the tactics of the black block. >> as individuals we respect people's freedom to act the way they feel they have to act to make the changes they wish to see. >> reporter: those intent on violence may be on the fringes, but once trouble begins they
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often get the spotlight. in oakland, city officials have warned that more violence could bring another order to close down the occupy encampment. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. >> pelley: the latest attempt by the airlines to raise fares didn't get very far. u.s. airways led it off on wednesday and delta followed but then abandoned the fare hike today, and now u.s. airways is doing the same. demand just isn't there as americans apparently are cutting back on vacations to save money. a musical proposal on a london train. a remarkable story is next. n easy to use packets. mix it into skillet dishes, for an instant dose of... hell-o! [ female announcer ] new swanson flavor boost. [ slap! slap! slap! slap! slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you?
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>> ♪ heavy on my mind... >> pelley: one by one, the passengers joined in song. turns out, they were all part of a choir. ♪ always seem to go their way... ♪ >> reporter: including 34-year- old adam king who orchestrated it all to propose to his 25- year-old girlfriend, lucy. >> pelley: the couple has not yet set a date for the wedding, but we trust that, too, will be a lovely day. ♪ ♪ >> pelley: how can you say no? she lost her best friend, but may have found many more. "on the road" with steve hartman is next.
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sanctuary south of nashville is more than 2,000 acres of ella- freedom. but for this resident named tarra, there's not enough room in tennessee to escape the bad news she got last week. >> certainly, her whole demeanor changed. >> reporter: rob atkinson is the sanctuary c.e.o. >> she became more reserved, quieter. she was depressed. >> reporter: a far cry from the tarra we'd met before. for nearly a decade, tarra had been best friends with a dog named bella, a mutt who wandered on to the sanctuary grounds and into the heart of this gentle giant. tarra clearly loved her little dog and bella obviously bonded right back. they were so close, in fact, that when bella got injured a few years ago and had to spend three weeks recuperating in the sanctuary office, guess who held vigil the entire time? 2,200 acres to roam free, and tarra just stood in the corner
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waiting. the home video of their reunion shows how inseparable they'd become-- and remained, right to the end. last week sanctuary workers found bella's body. by all indications, she'd been attacked by coyotes. whether tarra witnessed it, tried to intervene, was too late, no one knows. all they do know is that where they found bella is not where she got attacked. director of elephant husbandry steve smith. >> when i looked around and saw there was no signs of an attack here, no blood, no tufts of hair, nothing. and tarra, on the underside of her trunk, had blood. like she picked up the body. >> reporter: tarra moved her? >> tarra moved her. pretty amazing. >> reporter: why here? steve's theory is tarra carried bella, possibly a mile or more, to bring her home. whether it really happened that
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way or not, no one doubts tarra was that devoted. >> there's nothing we can do to take away her pain. the only ones who can help now are the elephants, and that is already happening. >> reporter: he says the elephants are spending more time with tarra and making gestures like giving her a portion of their food. ow course, anyone who's lost a dog knows you can't eat your way out of the grief as much as we might try. but still, nice to know at least tarra's not alone in this and with the big banks and this
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weekend, they are taking a stand. good evening. they are fed up with big banks and this weekend they are taking a stand. >> but in this protest it is a millionaire who is leading the way. a san jose man who is easily a one percenter says he is take his money out of country's biggest bank. len ramirez shows us he is not alone in this. >> reporter: not by a long shot. in fact, a credit union group reported today that 650,000 people have moved their money from big banks into credit unions in the last month representing a transfer of funds of $4.5 billion so it appears that this effort is well under way and today those efforts got a little bit of a push forward with the help of a very prominent and well respected san jose businessman. >> reporter: mike fox, sr., is cutting ties with the bank he did business with for over four decades nk


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